Health Canada to legalize loophole on fortified foodstuffs lacking nutrition labels

OTTAWA — There could be hundreds of food and beverage products boosted with vitamins and minerals on shelves across the country with unchecked health claims and no nutritional fact boxes – and Health Canada is now proposing to legalize the loophole that has allowed the food industry to get fortified snacks and drinks to market faster.

As long as a food company has applied for a product licence for a "health product in a food format," Health Canada has permitted the sale of these foods and drinks as natural-health products alongside traditional natural-health products awaiting review, such as herbal remedies and supplements.


This practice – dating back to 2004 to deal with a backlog in applications with Health Canada’s natural-health products (NHP) directorate – will soon be entrenched into law.

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